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Lötschberg Base Tunnel and alternatives on big Holiday Weekend

Anyone have experience with going south to the Valais on a big holiday weekend?

We are heading from Basel to Valais by car on Jul 31 or Aug 1. We intend to take the Lötschberg tunnel? Is this often backed up significantly at peak times?

Are there alternatives that are more scenic, e.g. a pass road ?
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Re: Lötschberg Basel Tunnel and alternatives on big Holiday Weekend

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In the summer and especially at weekends you should reserve a place on a train, as it gets very busy, and the waiting time can be over an hour.

I used to work in the field, and quite honestly there was not much advantage taking the train, as you always seem to wait for a place on the train, the access roads are poor (Both sides) and you are often stuck behind large heavy traffic. So why not simply drive around the mountain (via Fribourg & Martigny)? The scenery is pleasant and the autobahns are good, and not very crowded. www.viamichelin.co.uk

If you have children there are 3 interesting sites for children between Monthey and Martigny. (About 2.5 hours drive from Basel)

There are outdoor thermal baths at Lavez-Morcles, http://www.lavey-les-bains.ch/en

A maze to get lost in www.labyrinthe.ch near Evionnaz

Western City, Amusement Park, Ferme Saudan 1920 Martigny
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Re: Lötschberg Basel Tunnel and alternatives on big Holiday Weekend

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So why not simply drive around the mountain (via Fribourg & Martigny)? The scenery is pleasant and the autobahns are good, and not very crowded. www.viamichelin.co.uk
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Largely true except to note that the A9 viaduct near Montreux is now being repaired with the inevitable delays there, and that on the return journey (Vallais to Montreux) there are usually quite big jams (30mins-1h) on Sunday evenings.
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Re: Lötschberg Basel Tunnel and alternatives on big Holiday Weekend

Thanks for the tip on Martigny option.

Just out of curiosity though, is there a drivable high pass road going over the Lotschberg tunnel?
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Re: Lötschberg Basel Tunnel and alternatives on big Holiday Weekend

No real alternative. There is the Fribourg & Martigny route as stated, or the Grimsel pass, but that takes you a long way round.

Personally I've never had an issue at the Lotschberg, but I always get there early, before 9am. Coming back, aim very late or early.

I like the tunnel, because I'm the driver, and it's a nice break.
On busy weekends from Valais to Basel, it can easily be a 4 or 5 hour+ drive getting back.

If you have deeper pockets, the fast train to Visp then pick up a hire car, is the ideal option.
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Re: Lötschberg Basel Tunnel and alternatives on big Holiday Weekend

fyi, I went via the Loetschberg tunnel anyway and it was quite quick, except, as mentioned before, the slow & windy access roads, especially on the north side.

Ironically, the wait time for train was much less at peak time (13 mins, Friday evening 1800) than at off-peak (28 mins, 0800 Tuesday). This is because at peak times, they run a service every 10 mins or so, while off-peak it is 30 mins apart.

On an unrelated side note, the St.Niklaus-Jungen cable-car offered spectacular views down the Matterhorn valley in the late afternoon.
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